1) Who will write your letters of recommendation? Give them plenty of time and direction. The majority of our applicants ask their references to utilize the online recommendation form. By the time your recommender receives the link to complete the reference form and upload the letter of support, he/she should already know what to expect and be prepared to complete the process. Fisher prefers professional references over academic references, unless you are a recent graduate from an undergraduate or graduate program and have a strong relationship with a professor who can speak to your potential for success in the MBA program. Current supervisors are our first choice for a reference, followed by previous supervisors, colleagues, clients, or individuals with whom you work in the community or in a professional organization outside of your primary place of employment.
2) Start thinking about your personal statement. Our guidelines for writing the personal statement are posted online so you can review them before you even begin an application. Start to put together your thoughts and communicate your rationale for pursuing the MBA degree from Ohio State.
3) Prepare for the GMAT exam. Visit mba.com for all of the information you could possibly want to learn about the test and test preparation, including free, downloadable, full length practice tests. Most schools will look at your highest score, but ideally you only have to take the test once at $250 per attempt! Click here to find out whether you might qualify for a GMAT waiver.
4) Request transcripts from your undergraduate institution(s) early. Sometimes it takes awhile for those transcripts to arrive, so don't wait until the last minute. Fisher is now able to accept scanned or electronic copies of transcripts for academic review during the application process. Official hardcopies will be requested after you are offered admission and prior to enrollment, unless the electronic transcript is sent directly to OSU from the granting institution and is considered official. If you already have an undergraduate or graduate degree from Ohio State, you will not need to request a formal transcript for courses taken here, as we already have access to it.
The next WP MBA information session will be held Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30 in Gerlach Hall. Register here.
The application deadline for September 2011 is July 27, 2011.